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2003 Chevy Cavalier Review
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By md2011
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Vehicle

2003 Chevrolet Cavalier 4dr Sedan (2.2L 4cyl 5M)


Review

Got this car Feb 06 traded it in May 09' with 68k. My first car. Drivetrain in this car could not be beat strong engine good transmission(auto). Performance, handling was exceptional. Excellent mpg 35mpg hwy. Problem is everything else in this car was going. The A/C had problems with derbis that would rattle in the vents, alternator was going, battery was going, suspension was horrible. So many rattles actually got rubber sheets cut and siliconed it in various places to stop the rattles. Interior space every bump I hit my head on the ceiling (i'm 6'3). Interior materials were below avg but this an economy car. Cupholders in a bad location. t All in all good first car.


Favorite Features

Performance, mpg, drivetrain reliability.


Suggested Improvements

A lot of components needed repairs, placement of cupholders interfered with ac controls and radio not to mention tiny to fit any real bottles or cups in. Rear windows don't go all the way down (remedied this by removing the stop blocks within the doors then they went all the way down.)


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2003 cavalier
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By wolverine39
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2003 Chevrolet Cavalier 4dr Sedan (2.2L 4cyl 5M)


Review

I just sold my 03 Cavalier, it had 125,000 miles. I owned it for 18 months. I had problems with it leaking oil and had to replace the rear main seal, also recently the a/c unit went out in it which caused me to sell. but other than that it was reliable, always started and never left me on the side of the road.


Favorite Features

cheap price, fuel economy was excellent.


Suggested Improvements

interior design was the biggest flaw with this car, you would have to move any drink you had in the cupholders to change anything on the climate contol system.


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115k miles and...
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By neil27
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Vehicle

2003 Chevrolet Cavalier 4dr Sedan (2.2L 4cyl 5M)


Review

I've put 115k miles on my Chevy cavalier. The price was very attractive. The car has surprisingly good slow speed acceleration. However, I've had numerous mechanical difficulties including: fuel pump failure, multiple evap canister failures, serious wire harness failure, ventilation blower failure, speaker problems, hood latch failure, power steering issues, broken seat. In addition the car eats front end brake rotors at high rate. The transmission failed with 12k miles, but was replaced on warranty. The rear suspension is noisy and rides really rough. Road noise levels are high. The interior design, especially the placement of the cup holders, is terrible


Favorite Features

Price, decent acceleration


Suggested Improvements

Interior design and reliability need improvement


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lemon yellow lemon
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By Kay
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Vehicle

2003 Chevrolet Cavalier LS 2dr Coupe (2.2L 4cyl 5M)


Review

I bought this car new in 2003 and thought it would be a good car for my needs. I had it in for repairs 5 times under warranty and count fewer times since. Now it has headlight problems and turn signal light on passenger side blows out every 2 to 3 weeks. I would never buy a GM car again!


Favorite Features

Cute car, drives well, heater and AC works, sound system is good


Suggested Improvements

It would have been helpful if General Motors would issue recalls since most of these cars seem to have the same problems


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Not a good choice
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Performance
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Exterior Design
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Reliability
By Jay
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Vehicle

2003 Chevrolet Cavalier 4dr Sedan (2.2L 4cyl 5M)


Review

My parents bought me this car when I graduated but I wish they went with something else. Ive owned one for 3 years and now selling it. It is very reliable and doesn't have many mechanical problems at all but the entire interior design is made from cheap easy to break materials. Even the seats are VERY uncomfortable for driving for long periods my back would actually start to hurt after 3 or so hours and i'd have to get out and stretch, the cup holders are ridiculously placed right behind the cup holders. Don't expect the CD drive to last long either. Not to mention what car nowadays doesn't have power doors OR windows??The brakes also stink on wet roads, the steering is loose.


Favorite Features

Reliable, no huge mechanical problems after 100k miles, will still drive if the rest of the car is falling into pieces.


Suggested Improvements

To many to name which is probably why they've done away with the cavalier. I also don't shop chevy anymore.


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